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Adult Choral Classes | Repertory Chorus and Synergy Singers

Instructor: Liz Rollins | Adult singers (18+) | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)

Tuesdays: 7:15-8:45 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19; 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30; 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 | Location: Performance Hall

Repertory Chorus is for beginner and intermediate level adult singers (18+) who want to join a relaxed, fun singing ensemble.

There is no audition or prerequisite needed to join this ensemble.

Our focus will be on learning to use good singing technique, read a choral score, hold a voice part with confidence and sing together as an ensemble.

We will also cover aspects of auditioning for future ensembles and basic sight singing. Most importantly, we will enjoy making music with friends while exploring the rich diversity of the choral repertoire.

Instructor: Liz Rollins| Experienced Adult Singers (18+) | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)

Tuesdays: 5:30 – 7 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19; 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/3; 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 | Location: Performance Hall

Synergy Singers is a small, select, mixed choir for experienced singers (18+).

A short audition/interview will be required to assess vocal quality, sight-reading ability and experience.

We will pursue challenging gems of the choral repertoire, both accompanied and a Capella as they suit the voices of the group. We will focus on more advanced singing techniques, sight-singing practice through simple repertoire, musical interpretation and some memorization.

Our highest endeavor will be to build a balanced, cooperative ensemble where all members work together with musicality and respect toward a common artistic goal.

Youth Choral Classes | Boy Singers of Maine and Girl Singers of Maine

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades K-1 | Tuition: $170 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)

Wednesdays: 4 – 4:30 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 | Location: Performance Hall

Welcome! My Friends and I Sing is a group class that nurtures a love of singing. Our repertoire is drawn from diverse cultures, styles and movement experiences. As we learn new songs, we develop the music skills necessary to use our voices in beautiful, exciting and creative ways.

We sing, we incorporate movement, we meet new friends, we laugh and we experience the joy of singing together. We conclude our semester with a Greatest Hits Songfest for family and friends. Please join us.

  • No audition is required
  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in My Friends and I Sing.

Meet and Greets have been rescheduled from Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm to Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August, 19 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Theory Room of Woodfords Church.

Instructor:  Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades 2-5 | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)

Wednesdays: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5 :15 pm);11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 | Location: Performance Hall

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive group setting. Posture, breathing, diction, blend, melodic and rhythmic patterns, meter, dynamics, storytelling and beginning stage presence are introduced within the context of our diverse repertoire.

Our choristers learn unison songs, ostinatos, rounds, descants and partner songs as they make friends and work toward shared goals. We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in Amabile Voices.
  • A brief placement audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact Shelley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets have been rescheduled from Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm to Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August, 19 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Theory Room of Woodfords Church.

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades 6-8 | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)

Mondays: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm | 15 Sessions :  9/13, 9/20, 9/27; 10/4, (10/15 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm), 10/18, (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 3:15 – 4:15 pm) ; 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6, (12/10 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm), 12/13 | Location: Performance Hall

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work towards healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive setting. Posture, breathing, diction, resonance, blend, sight-singing, two-part harmony, expression and stage presence are taught within the context of our diverse repertoire.

Our choristers gain confidence and independence as they make friends and work toward common goals.  We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in Con Anima Voices.
  • A brief placement audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact Shelley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets will be held on Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Theory room at Woodfords Church. Shelley will also be on hand for auditions prior to and after the Meet and Greets: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Shelley will be holding brief placement auditions for new students in grades 2 – 12 from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm on those same afternoons. The previously booked Monday, August 9 audition times are moved to Wednesday, August 18.

If the dates/times are not convenient for you, please let Shelley know and we can make other arrangements.

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Young Men and Young  Women Grades 9-12 | Tuition: $200

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm |15 Sessions: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27; 10/4, (10/15 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 PM), 10/18 (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 pm); 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6 (12/10 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 pm), 12/13 | Location: Performance Hall

Based on classical pedagogy our singers work toward healthy voice production in a lively, inclusive group setting. As their relationship with music deepens, and their performances become more nuanced, our most advanced choristers perform a repertoire drawn from diverse cultures, styles and genres, including opera and musical theater.

Members of our Youth Ensemble will have the opportunity to participate in performances throughout the greater Portland community. We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • No mask necessary if student is vaccinated.
  • A brief placement audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact helley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets have been rescheduled from Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm to Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August, 19 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Theory Room of Woodfords Church.

Shelley will be holding brief placement auditions for new students in grades 2 – 12 from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm on those same afternoons. The previously booked Monday, August 9 audition times are moved to Wednesday, August 18.

If the dates/times are not convenient for you, please let Shelley know and we can make other arrangements.

Early Childhood Music

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $90 per 6 week session/$20 singer’s mask fee: Total: $110 | Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am: 6 sessions: 6 sessions: Sept. 25-Oct. 30 | 9/25; 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
Location: Studio 2, 28 Neal St

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating. Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives. Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.


Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask. We strongly recommend that the children wear an adult mask to allow  room for singing.

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $90 per 6 week session/$20 singer’s mask fee: Total: $110 | Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am: 6 sessions: Nov. 6-Dec. 18 | 11/6, 11/13, 11/20; 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Location: Studio 2, 28 Neal St

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating. Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives. Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.


Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask. We strongly recommend that the children wear an adult mask to allow  room for singing.

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $115 per 6 week session/$20 singer’s mask fee: Total: $135 | Pre-K & K (Ages 3-5)

Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am: 6 sessions: Sept. 25-Oct. 30 | 9/25; 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
Location: Studio 2, 28 Neal St

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating. Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives. Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.


Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask. We strongly recommend that the children wear an adult mask to allow room to sing.

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $115 per 6 week session/$20 singer’s mask fee: Total: $135 | Pre-K & K (Ages 3-5)

Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am: 6 sessions: Nov. 6-Dec. 18 | 11/6, 11/13, 11/20; 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Location: Studio 2, 28 Neal St

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating. Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives. Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.


Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask. We strongly recommend that the children wear an adult mask to allow room to sing.

College Prep Program

Director: Laura del Sol Jiménez | Tuition: $700 per semester | Ages: 8th grade-high school

Saturdays:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm |  24 Sessions: September 18, 2021 – May 7, 2022

Fall: 9/18, 9/25; 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/22, 10/30; 11/6, 11/13, 11/20
Spring:  2/5, 2/12, 2/19; 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26; 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30; 5/7
Location: Performance Hall

Maine’s only college preparatory music program accepts students in 8th grade and above. Students admitted to the College Prep  Program are provided with a comprehensive music education that will prepare them for college, university, or conservatory studies following high school.

Students receive instruction in music theory, ear training, music history and literature, as well as solo and chamber music coaching and performance.

Application and audition required.

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Beginning Fiddle and Tune Learning

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 15+

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | 10 Sessions: Oct. 12 – Dec. 14 | 10/12, 10/19, 10/26; 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30; 12/7, 12/14

Gain a good grounding in playing the violin through the fiddle traditions.

Learn ergonomic ways to play, and enjoy some good tunes from different cultures and at different tempos. It’s easier than you probably think, and you can’t start any younger!

All supporting materials will be provided online.

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 15+

Tuesdays, 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm | 10 Sessions: Oct. 12 – Dec. 14 | 10/12, 10/19, 10/26; 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30; 12/7, 12/14

In this class, we’ll learn (or take a tour of) a new fiddle tune each week (other instruments welcome) with a focus on how to learn by ear.

The only material available in advance will be a recording of the tune. During the class, students will learn techniques of listening to note patterns, phrases, and using bowings and tune structure to sew everything together as we learn (rather than memorize) our tunes.  We’ll review all our tunes in each class, so there will be plenty of chances to play them.

Support materials, including recordings of phrases, patterns, and eventually sheet music, will be available online for practice and review.

Cello Choir

Instructor: John Bennett | Tuition: $240 | 10 Adults (18+)

Fridays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 8 Sessions | Oct. 1 – Nov. 19 |  10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29; 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Location: Performance Hall

Cello Choir is a cello ensemble class devoted to playing four-part compositions and arrangements and improving sight-reading.

Come and experience the joy and beauty of cellos singing together!

Middle Eastern Ensemble

Instructor: Eric LaPerna | Tuition $175 | Ages 16+

Thursdays: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | 6 Sessions: Sept. 23 – Nov. 11 | 9/23, 9/30; 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/11

The PCM Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions.

The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar, keyboard and accordion.

This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument.

At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.

Watch Eric and his son Leo perform a traditional Turkish folk song on the cura saz and darbuka, and talk about the melodic and rhythmic modes of the composition.


All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to class start date and show proof of vaccination.

Jazz Studies

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | Ages: 12-19

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | 10 Sessions: Sept. 29 – Dec. 8 | 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17; 12/1, 12/8 (concert)
Location: Performance Hall

This improvisation class is for traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, drums, piano, guitar, brass and woodwinds. It’s best for intermediate students developing jazz improvisation skills. Students improvise on jazz standards and then incorporate more contemporary jazz material. A performance at the end of the class is planned. Master classes with local musicians are incorporated.

A final concert with all the jazz ensembles will take place on Dec. 8 in the Performance Hall.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | Ages: 12-19

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | 10 Sessions: Sept. 29 – Dec. 8 | 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17; 12/1, 12/8 (concert)
Location: Performance Hall

This improvisation class is for players with some prior experience in a jazz band or jazz combo who want to learn to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles. The class focuses on improvising on standard and contemporary jazz material. An intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv along with an end of session performance are planned. Master classes with local musicians are
incorporated.

A final concert with all the jazz ensembles will take place on Dec. 8 in the Performance Hall.

Audition required.

Instructor: Tyler Heydolph | Tuition: $200 | Ages: 18+

Tuesdays. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | 10 Sessions: Sept. 28 – Dec. 8 | 9/28; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26; 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30; 12/8 (concert)  Location: Performance Hall

This improvisation class is for adults who play traditional jazz instruments or strings at an intermediate level and who can read basic melodies or learn by ear. The class introduces students to standards and jazz blues charts. An introduction to free jazz improv and group improv leads to an end of session performance.

A final concert with all the jazz ensembles will take place on Dec. 8 in the Performance Hall.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | All Ages | 10 Sessions | Wednesdays

This course covers jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales. The focus is on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone. An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts is also introduced.

The class will be scheduled based on expressed interest.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | All Ages | 10 Sessions | Wednesdays

This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe. The focus is on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences. The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.

The class will be scheduled based on expressed interest.